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Grantz Vital Stats
Tsuyoshi Kataoka
Tsuyoshi Kataoka - Vocals
Birthplace: Tsukuba City, Ibaraki
Blood Type: O

Akito Nishida
Akito Nishida - Bass
Birthplace: Tsukuba City, Ibaraki
Blood Type: O

Hiroshi Yoshisue
Hiroshi Yoshisue - Gt/Vo/Rap
Birthplace: Shibuya Ward, Tokyo
Blood Type: B

Hiroaki Nakajima
Hiroaki Nakajima - DJ Sampling
Birthplace: Tamari Town, Ibaraki
Blood Type: A

Tomonori Yumiza
Tomonori Yumiza - Drums
Birthplace: Tochigi
Blood Type: B

Rain of July song sample

DISCOGRAPHY

Shichigatsu no Ame (Rain of July) - click for full size
Shichigatsu no Ame (7-1-2009)
1. Shichigatsu no Ame (Rain of July)
2. Nothing's Gonna Change My Way
3. Rock In The House

Superman (8-31-2007)
1. SUPERMAN
2. Sakura
3. Sunny-side up
4. SUPERMAN(Karaoke)

Sakura (3-22-2006)
1. Sakura
2. Dengeki
3. End of The Road

Grantz 1st Mini Album
1. intro
2. re-classify
3. In the Attic
4. STP
5. EVA-Wassha
6. Beyond the Sky, Beyond the Time


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Grantz Interview

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"As the lyrics in the song says, the song is about cheering your friend who has a dream, no matter how much the world makes fun of him or her or laughs at their struggling." - Grantz

That song would be Rain of July by the Japanese rock group Grantz. As the band members say so well, chasing one's dreams, whether its living life as "actors, novelists, dancers, comedians..." is something best done with the support of your friends. Begun in 2001, this five member band features a diverse rock sound with compelling tracks like Nothing's Gonna Change My Way and re-classify.

So come take a listen to the musical world of the group who proclaim "We don't really care in which genre we would be classified to... Good music is good, we always think that's what really matters."

On November 5, 2009 the members of Grantz were kind enough to give an interview to Andrew from J-Pop World. All photos courtesy of Grantz.


Tell us the story of how the band first formed.

Nishida and Tsuyoshi were drinking in a bar and talking about starting something like a new band for fun. Nishida assembled the members by choosing the one's he liked in other bands. At first we were just having fun by practicing at the studio.

What type of groups had you all been in before forming the band?

Tsuyoshi: Rock.

Nishida: I did a lot of bands and I can't even remember. Actually I don't think I want to, because I'm in the band that I really wanna do right now.

Hiroshi: Alternative guitar rock.

Nakajima: Mixture, hardcore.

Yumiza: Blues.

How would you describe the musical style of Grantz?

Rock. We don't really care in which genre we would be classified to. Our main theme of our music might be something like "Free Style." Good music is good, we always think that's what really matters.

What was the first year or two like together? What type of places did you perform at?

We used to play in front of a lot of drunk people. We're not sure if they were listening, but we were having fun anyway.

How did you get to record your first single?

A manager that once worked with Tsuyoshi watched our show and introduced us to a producer. Well, that's quite a long time ago, and we're not working with them anymore.

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Rain of July (Shichigatsu no Ame) is a very emotional song. Tell us the story behind creating the song, and what the song means to you.

It's a song about cheering, supporting your friend's dream. A lot of our friends, playing in other bands, quit one by one because of reasons like jobs. It is sad, but like everyone is aware, that's life. Not just bands, but also actors, novelists, dancers, comedians... etc. Becoming a professional of all of those kind of jobs is quite tough. And sometimes other people do not show much respect, even interest in those who are striving for their dreams.

As the lyrics in the song says, the song is about cheering your friend who has a dream, no matter how much the world makes fun of him or her or laughs at their struggling.

RAIN OF JULY (Shichigatsu no Ame)

Raining in July, counting the tears I've shed
I closed my eyes
Believing that I could see the sequel of yesterday's dream
Exhausted, beaten by life
Feeling like you're alone standing on the edge of the world
But I do remember each and every word you said to me that day

Although shyly but strongly, you said
"The number of miracles you believe in
Is meant to become true one day"
Even if the world stands against you
I will be there, believing you
Believing that one day, the light would shine above you

Raining in July, pours down smoothly, heals our scars
Washes away every mistake we have made
Life sometimes tramples down that evanescent hope you still hang on
But I will not forget, and I'll yell out
Each and every word you shared with me

Yes, although shyly but strongly, you said
"The number of miracles you believe in
Is meant to become true one day"
Even if the world stands against you
I will be there, believing you
Believing that one day, the light would shine above you

© Music and lyrics by Grantz

Nothing's Gonna Change My Way is a more rocking song that includes some English phrases. Why did you decide to include some English in your music?

We wanted this song to sound really simple and groovy, and the English words in the chorus just fitted. But also, we wanted to add the Japanese lyrics to challenge how much we can do with our own language in a rock number like this one.

Re-classify shows the diverse sound the band is capable of. Can you tell us more about it?

This song is actually the first song we made in this band. The first thought was making a mixture like song, rap and rock kind of thing. It was recorded by an engineer (he's the best) and some of the arrangements were added by him too.

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How is most of your music written and recorded? Do you have a process you do, or is each song different?

Nishida: The fundamental idea is mainly made by Hiroshi and me. The idea just pops up, and as soon as it does, I record it before I forget it.

Hiroshi: First I start humming, think about the other instruments, and explain it to the other members in the studio. After that I usually entrust the arrangement of each part to their own.

What type of things inspire you in your creating process?

A lot of things. I'm not sure what it is but I do believe that it's not made up completely spontaneously.

What are the band's plans for the rest of the year?

Right now we're working on a full album that we're planning to release in maybe January or February. We'll be camped in the studio for a while.

Let's take a trip into the past and learn more about the band. Can you describe the hometown you grew up in?

Detroit Metal City. DMC!! Just kidding. That's a famous Japanese Comic, never mind.

How did you all first get into music?

Tsuyoshi: I don't remember, but when I realized it, I was already starting.

Nishida: I can't remember cause I was already listening to rock since I was in my mommy. She used to listen to Ozzy Osborne (my lullaby) and ever since that, it lights me on fire whenever I listen to Ozzy's music.

Hiroshi: I joined a band circle in my university.

Nakajima: One of my DJ friends influenced me.

Yumiza: I first met the instrument in my high school days, in a circle.

Who were your biggest musical inspirations?

Tsuyoshi: Michael Jackson.

Nishida: Judas Priest!!!!

Hiroshi: The Smashing Pumpkins... all the alternatives... grunge bands in the 90s.

Nakajima: dj qbert.

Yumiza: Dimebag Darrell!!!!

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How did you pick the instrument you play today?

Tsuyoshi (vocals): Because I can't play an instrument.

Nishida (bass): I lost in the traditional Japanese "Rock, Scissors and Paper" (Jankenpon).

Hiroshi (guitar, vocals): Every hero of mine, Kurt Cobain, Billy Corgan, J Mascis etc...

Nakajima (DJ sampling): Influence from my friend.

Yumiza (drums): I fell in love with it at first sight.

When and why did you decide to make a career out of music?

Tsuyoshi: Naturally.

Nishida: Well, I didn't choose it. God chose me.

Hiroshi: Ever since I felt the sensation of people applauding, really listening to the music we play. First, I was just a kid having fun on the stage, maybe I am still, but so far, I can't think of anything else that makes me feel... that I am what I am.

Nakajima: Influence from my friend.

Yumiza: I'm sorry I don't know why, but probably the first time I met this instrument.

What has been the most rewarding thing about being a member of Grantz?

Tsuyoshi: Doing a live with everyone in this member.

Nishida and Hiroshi: Doing a live, and drinking beer after that.

Nakajima: Playing with these members!!

Yumiza: I think I became a better player than before.

What are your most memorable performances?

Tsuyoshi: Shibuya AX. Because it was the first big live house we played in.

Nishida: Shinkiba Studio Coast. It was the hugest event we played in.

Hiroshi: It's not a live house, but we played on a beachside outdoor stage in Shonan. Playing outside in the sun and the beach was just great.

Nakajima: Some kind of bar in Hatchinohe (Aomori). It was so tiny!

Yumiza: Shinkiba Studio Coast.

Do you have a favorite club to perform at?

Tsukuba Park Diner. It is the first live house we played in, our start line.

How do you prepare for a show? Do you have any rituals you do?

We gather along, make a circle, and yell "Nice Oppai." Meaning: "Great looking tits."

Btw, who drinks the most?

Hiroshi. He's never sober.

Outside of music what do you do for fun and relaxation?

Tsuyoshi: Going for a trip, skateboarding.

Nishida: Nothing much, but maybe watching good looking women.

Hiroshi: Reading comic books. Screaming while watching soccer games.

Nakajima: Playing in the bathtub.

Yumiza: I can't say it. Not in the daytime.

Anyone married? Any kids?

Nishida: Yumiza and Tsuyoshi are married, and the only member who has kids is Yumiza. Nakajima is going to get married this December!!

Congratulations! So what's the one thing you want everyone to know most about Grantz?

Let's Rock. Is there anything else to say??

Do you have a final message to all your fans?

We love you guys, and we hope you love us too. Thank you, Love & Peace & of course Rock to everyone.


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